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Best Skin Care Products for Winter

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The dry, winter weather is here, and it’s taking a toll on your skin; so, I thought I would share some tips on how to choose the best skin care products for the season.

Even here in sunny southern California, I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my skin since summer’s humidity was replaced with drier winter air. I have dry cracked skin on my hands and dry scaly skin on my legs. And although my face is normally oily, a runny nose followed by the constant use of tissues has caused dry flaky skin around my nose.

There’s no doubt most of you have experienced the same problems. Winter, with its cooler, drier air, wind and precipitation can wreak havoc on your skin’s moisture balance. But there is a key way to prevent moisture loss, soothe existing dryness and protect against the elements—you must moisturize.

Now, not every moisturizer is created equal, so here are some tips for choosing the best body lotions and face creams for eliminating winter roughness.

1. Moisturizing Body Lotion: Look for a hand and body lotion that includes humectants, emollients and occlusives. Humectants retain moisture, emollients smooth and soften, and occlusives create a waterproof film that prevents the loss of moisture. Popular ingredients include: glycerin (humectant), lecithin (emollient) and petroleum (occlusive).

2. Face Moisturizer: Protecting your face in the winter doesn’t mean you have to wear a heavy facial cream. There are many facial moisturizers that are formulated to soothe and soften the skin without making your face feel like a greasy mess. Look for a lightweight moisturizer with hyaluronic acid (humectant), aloe (emollient) and evening primrose oil for soothing irritation.

3. Lip Moisturizer: The skin on your hands and face isn’t the only part that dries out in the winter, chapped lips are a wintertime staple too. Look for a lip moisturizer with sunscreen, natural oils and beeswax. Sunscreen is always essential for lips since the skin on your lips has no pigment to protect against UV rays. Natural oils soothe and soften the delicate skin on the lips. Beeswax is a natural occlusive to prevent moisture loss, and yet still allows the skin to breathe.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted December 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I make body butters and have found the best all natural ingredients for moisturizing and healing the skin are coconut oil and shea butter.

    I had vitamin E and little dab of beeswax to make my body butters into “bars”. They never dry out and you just rub in your hands to bring the oils to the surface. No more messy liquid creams!

    It is really amazing how quickly you can heal cracked dry skin with these two “butters”.

    Grandma Betty

  2. Jacqueline Cheney
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Absolutely Betty. I love coconut oil and shea butter. That’s so cool you’re making your own body butters. Keep it up. Your skin will thank you.

  3. Kathy
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I hate the winter because my skin get super dry. I talked to a couple of friends and doctors and I got some recommendations. Usually products don’t work for me, but this one did. It’s called Genuine Collagen and it’s made up of only 5 natural ingredients. When I heard that I was pretty interested. I definitely recommend this.
    genuinecollagen dot com.

  4. Khadija
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love shea butter for staying moist in the winter. You can use it raw, or add carrier oils and other ingredients to make a great whipped shea butter cream. Works great and no chemicals!

  5. skincare
    Posted December 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    In winter season dry wind makes our skin to lose moisture, so the upper most layer of skin become dull and dry and more prone to infections, allergies and wrinkle lines. Broken skin on the cheeks makes it itchy and sensitive.Sunscreen lotion and moisturizer are very helpful nowadays to protect our skin from too much heat of the sun that is why I always apply my skin care and it gives me the protection I need.

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